James and Louise’s wedding covered quite a few locations throughout the day; this is where my unlimited coverage really becomes useful! I started at just before 08:00am in Canterbury City Centre and ended just after 23:00pm in the grounds of Knowlton Court.
I met with all the girls in a salon in Canterbury where Louise, her four bridesmaids and their daughters were being pampered and prepared for their big day,
After the girls were photographed at the salon, I took a drive to meet James and the guys where they were getting ready. I could tell there was going to be a great party that night as the guys were in great spirits, After a small instruction session about how to tie a cravat, we were on our way to the church just outside Faversham.
Once the guys had arrived at Osprey church there were some finishing touches that needed applying, a few legalities that needed sorting and a quite a few guests that needed ushering inside. I always find some of the brides favourite photos are captured at this time, as it’s a part of the day she isn’t part of.
If a part of the day lends itself to black and white, I will process all images from that part of the day as black & white with a colour alternative. This gives my couples a choice of both; sometimes the colour images can feel a bit distracting especially in a dark church.
James and Louise wanted to make an entrance, and I made sure I was able to leave the church and get to the venue to catch their arrival in their beautiful Rolls Royce. While they were mingling with their guests I set up for their group photos while my second shooter was capturing the reception drinks.
I love magicians, it must be my inner child who is clapping away, but they can help relax your guests and can create some amazing photos; in a matter of seconds I can capture 3 or 4 frames displaying excitement, shock, disbelief and laughter. If you have a few hours between your ceremony and wedding breakfast I highly recommend having one.
I don’t get caught off guard often at weddings, but I really didn’t expect the waiters to break out into song. They held their thick Russian ascents even when speaking to us. Fortunately I make it a habit to keep a camera at my side at all times and I was able to take a knee and capture some great reactions.
Once the speeches had ended and the food consumed the music started!! James and Louise decided not to opt for a traditional first dance and just pulled everyone up from their seats and kicked the party into action. I made sure I continued to capture the guests having a great time long into the night; once I felt I had enough embarrassing evidence of the somewhat questionable dance moves I packed up at around 22:30.